The Uncanny Ace


For the following effect seven cards only are needed, among them, the Ace of Spades and the Three of Hearts. At the commencement cards may be stacked in any order, providing that the Three of Hearts is the fourth from the top and the Ace of Spades fifth.

The main move is the lifting of three, or two, cards as one, and reversing them on top of the packet. If you will read the verses of the monologue and follow the instructions with the cards in hand, the whole thing will come easily.

During the second verse the cards are counted from hand to hand, thus reversing their set-up and you are then all set to carry right through the effect. The monologue should be recited in a Stanley Holloway type of dialect and will, I am sure, find favour with the majority of audiences.

This is the tale of Joseph Smith, Known to his pals as Joe, Who said one day "At conjuring, I think I'll have a go".

And so his skill with cards he tried To Joe t'was just like heaven, He counted them "one—two—three—four," Then "Five" and "Six" and "Seven".

(Count the cards, reversing them, as the last words are spoken).

"I've got a trick", Joe told his pals, "A trick that's really hard" And grasping pasteboards firmly, Joe turned the topmost card.

(Top three cards turned as one).

'The Ace of Spades", said Joe, "that's bad",

(turn three cards face down) "I'm feared o' superstition!" So taking Ace of Spades in hand, He changed the card's position.

(Remove top card only, back to audience and place in centre of cards)

"We'il try another card" said Joe, "There's tricks to all the trades" He turned the top card round once more

(Turn top TWO cards as one) And found . . . THE ACE OF SPADES ! !

Joe took his cap off, scratched his head, His pals all laughed with glee

(turn two cards back up) Joe thrust the card in the pack and said, "I've seen enough o' thee!"

(Remove top card, back to audience and place in centre of cards)

"We'll try this trick again", said Joe

His pals made not a sound

Amid a deathly silence

Joe turned the top card round

(Turn top TWO cards revealing Two of Hearts).

A relieving sigh ran through Joe's frame, As the top card he did see, "We're getting somewhere now" he said "The card's an 'eart, the three". (Turn two cards face down).

"The Three of Hearts that I hold here" (Remove top card back to audience) "I want you all to note" And he took it and he put it In the pocket of his coat.

(Place the card in the pocket)

"I've six cards left", Joe told his pals "And to prove there aint no tricks" "I'll count them for you—one—two—three" "And another three makes six" (Count the cards, reversing them)

Joe suddenfy stopped, his face turned pale, He said, 'That's blinking queer", "The Three of Hearts ! !; I'm positive, I put the darned thing here.

(Turn the packet face out to show 3H, then tap the pocket where the card was placed)

His trembling fingers touched the card, A strange look on his face, He withdrew the dreaded pasteboard And saw ... A Spade, . . . the ACE !

Joe Smith has giv'n up Conjuring, It's far beyond his range, The only cards he handles now Are at the Labour Exchange.

(Fan the cards and drop them singly on to the table as the last verse is recited).

After the top three, or two, cards are turned face up on the back of the pack, do not exactly square them with the pack but keep them about half an inch inwards towards yourself. That way they can be turned face down much easier.

A Couple for the Card Table by RUPERT GILBERT

Here are a couple of card tricks that may be new to readers of the "Magic Magazine". They both depend upon mathematical principles and are practically self working.

For the first effect, all that is needed is a pack with one short card or any other means of recognising one card. The performer offers the pack for a free choice of card, which is then returned to the pack (and no funny business!)

Handing the pack to the spectator he is asked to deal out two piles of cards, the top card face down to the left, and the next card face up, to the right, continuing right through the pack. At the end of the deal there wifl be half the cards face down on the left and half face upon the right.

"Did you see your card?" asks the performer, and when the spectator answers in the negative, as he will, the performer gives him the face down heap and asks him to repeat the deal, one card face down to the left and the next face up to the right. Again the spectator fails to see his card and the dealing is carried on with the remaining cards until only two are on the table, one face down, the other face up. The chosen card is always the last face down card!

As stated, this is self working and only requires that the performer makes sure that the chosen card is returned 18th from the bottom of the pack. This is done by having the short card the 17th from the bottom to commence with. After the card is returned, cut at the short card, have the chosen one replaced there and drop the rest of the pack on top. The alternate, left face down, right face up, deal takes care of the rest. Should the spectator take a card from among the bottom 17 cards, then it wifl be necessary to slip one extra card from top to bottom, to make up the 17, before the chosen card is returned.

Next please! Performer offers a pack for shuffling, (this may even be a borrowed pack) and when this is done spectator is asked to cut it into four piles. Performer then offers to show him a miracle! He will state the value of at least one of the cards on top of the piles. As there are four piles, he reasons, he may state four vaiues, but one of them at least will be right, and 99 times out of a 100 such is the case.

Actually any four values may be stated but never suits, and if you will give this a few trials, by merely cutting a shuffled pack into four heaps, and turning up the four top cards, you will be convinced that this is a good little stunt to use to impress any spectator. I sometimes write four values on a piece of paper, and let the victim imagine four cards from an invisible pack. Just stipulate that the joker has been removed and let him state four imaginary cards, then turn up your forecast to show at least one card correct. Actually the odds in your favour are 16 against 13. Work it out. Hope you have ftvn.

FLYING CARDS (Using "Katcho") (Continued from Page 267)

Now when the six double faced cards are placed in they really face towards the opposite way to that presumed by the audience. Subsequently you turn the box back again so that six cards show their other faces amongst the faces of the cards already there. The seventh spectator holds this box as you explain his moves.

Moving back to your table the small stand is brought into position on your right side and the right hand then obtains Katcho from rhe pocket that side. The stand is very simpfe; the clips must hold a card when pressed into them without needing to press them first, and are spaced out so that the cards will not overlap.

As the seventh spectator throws the cards you turn slightly to the right and are thus in an admirable position for picking the cards from the air— with good angles for Katcho—and for placing them into the stand.

After the trick Katcho can be either placed back into the pocket or behind the stand. If you are fortunate enough to have the right distance your last card can be Katcho itself.

Needless to say, the cards from the cardbox should be fanned by yourself for safety's sake . If you like you can get two rounds of applause—first for the card catching and confirmation that they are the six cards, and then for a naive display of the card box cards to prove the six cards have in fact vanished.

There are other ways of producing cards from the air but since "Katcho" gives such an effective way of doing it why bother with the other ways?

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